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The Y Southland

The Y is always happy to hear from people who want to work for a community-focused organisation.

We have roles across youth services, youth development, in our gym team, in our after school care and holiday programmes, climbing, education, administration, management and more!

Any vacancies will be listed below with application details.

All permanent employees at the Y are entitled to a free gym membership at the Y and a paid day off on your birthday.


Youth Worker

  • Passionate about seeing young people thrive?
  • Keen to make a real and meaningful difference in the lives of young people in Southland?

The Y Southland is looking for an exceptional youth worker; someone who can build strong rapport with young people and support them in a mentoring capacity as they navigate life’s challenges.

The person we are looking for will have experience working with rangatahi and developing individualised plans, and will be empathetic, organised and supportive, with a sound knowledge of working with vulnerable and at-risk young people. You’ll support and empower young people, build strong connections, and provide support in a one-to-one mentoring capacity.

Experience is highly desirable, as is a qualification in youth services (although we can support you with this). We are looking for someone who will be able to step up and show leadership in a team environment.

This role is about building trust and engagement with young people, tailoring programmes that will support their individual needs, and providing personalised and goal-focused support and guidance as a mentor.

Perks of working at the Y include a supportive team environment, a free Y Southland gym membership, and a paid day off on your birthday.

This is a full-time, permanent position, based at the Y’s Tay Street base.

Application details

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We will review applications as received. It is recommended to apply early as we may fill the vacancy before the closing date.

Applications close Monday 12th February, 2024.

Make 2024 the year you make a lasting impact in the lives of young people – join the team at the Y Southland!


Gym staff

Gym Instructors, Personal Trainers, and Group Fitness Instructors/Coordinators

  • Are you passionate about supporting people to lead healthy and active lives?
  • Have a relevant qualification that would support you to work in a gym environment?
  • Want to help people set and then smash their health and fitness goals?

The Y Southland wants to talk to you!

The Y Southland is a not-for-profit gym. We’ve got great equipment, a sauna, group fitness classes, an under-redevelopment full basketball court, we are open 24/7, and we’ve got a fantastic team and amazing members.

Any profit generated from our gym goes back into the Southland community via other Y services, programmes, and facilities, so it’s fair to say our team is committed to amazing community outcomes.

We’re on the lookout for people to join our gym team and have a range of roles available. Whether you want regular part-time hours supporting our members as a Gym Instructor, just want to lead a group fitness class once or twice a week, want to support clients as a Personal Trainer, or want to deliver boot camps or other awesome group sessions and help develop our programming, we’re open to exploring all options for the right person or people.

Overall, we’re looking for team players who bring good, positive attitudes, and a passion for supporting people to improve their fitness. Our members and member experience are hugely important, so customer service is a vital skill, along with a relevant qualification in sport, exercise, recreation, fitness instructing, exercise science, or a related field.

As well as being part of a fun team, all permanent employees at the Y get a paid day off on their birthday and a free Y gym membership.

Keen to know more? Get in touch today!

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There is no closing date and we will review all applications as they are received.


Y-Juniors Coaches

Want a job where the focus is on FUN?!

The Y Southland is looking for a motivated, fun, energetic and creative person to work with our Y-Juniors team, delivering after school care and holiday programmes to children/tamariki aged between 5 and 12 years.

We’re all about creating a fun, safe, and supportive environment for those within our programmes, and as a Y-Juniors Coach, you’ll do just that.

There’s plenty of scope to make this role your own and add your own flair – we’re always open to new ideas to ensure our out of school care is engaging, entertaining, and that the children/tamariki have an awesome time!

Experience with children is preferred, and a full and clean NZ driver licence is essential – we do after school pick-ups for our after school care, and plenty of excursions during our holiday programmes.

This is a permanent, part-time role, with usual hours being 2.30pm to 5pm Monday to Friday and full-time in the school holidays. If applicable your child/ren may be able to attend the programme/s with discounted rates.

We are an MSD-accredited provider, so you’ll work within our policies, procedures, and guidelines to ensure our out of school care is of the highest standard.

Application details 

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